“Israel: an Ariel Odyssey” is a short movie depicting the beauty and wonder of Israel. The movie was created by the Israeli “Albatross” company. I have displayed some of their work in my Flickr photostream. Enjoy!
I have a feeling that when people think about Israel what often comes to mind is bad news, strife and turmoil. Those things do exist of course and they often appear in my writings though they are never the main point – always my goal is to show the beauty that shines through the ugliness: … More Free Hugs in Israel
Update from Israel, September 21, 2006 by Forest Rain, Lionheart The war was kryptonite to my ability to function effectively. While missiles were falling all around my house and the beautiful region I live in I found myself, as if paralyzed, thoughts flying around inside my head and yet unable to express them. Now there … More Like kryptonite…
Reflections from Israel August 28th, 2006 by Forest Rain, Lionheart Friends from overseas have written congratulating me on the cease-fire. Now, they assume, everything is ok again. Others asked why I haven’t written any articles or personal letters in these last few days. The two are connected. Everything is not ok. This “cease-fire” is a … More The “cease-fire” that isn’t.
Reflections from Israel, August 15, 2006 by Forest Rain, Lionheart I feel so, so sad today. For the past few days I’ve felt like I can’t breathe. I can’t rest. My throat is choked with unshed tears. All I can think about is numbers. Israelis often seem obsessed by numbers. The over 6 million murdered … More Numbers
Reflections from Israel August 9th 2006 By Forest Rain, Lionheart We are the davka people. “Davka” is a state of mind, an attitude integral to Israeli society. There is no comparable term in English. The Hebrew term, a single word holds much meaning. Often “davka” refers to a sophomoric rebelliousness, a thumbing of the nose, … More Davka Nation
Meet Ro’i Klein. Look at his face. Doesn’t he look like a sweet and gentle man? 31 years old, husband to Sarah, father of three year old Gilad and one and a half year old Yoav, Ro’i (pronounced “Row-ee”) was supposed to celebrate his birthday on July 27th. Admired for his calm peacefulness and constant … More “If I don’t do it, who will?”
Reflections from Israel July 30th, 2006 by Forest Rain, Lionheart In my family questions were encouraged. When I asked a question the response was never “because”. There was always an attempt to give an accurate, informed response. When the answer was not known I was also given an accurate response, “I don’t know” often followed … More Misunderstandings and questions
Update from Israel, July 26th, 2006 by Forest Rain, Lionheart There were so many sirens today I lost count. I don’t know how many missiles hit Karmiel today… again and again the sirens wailed. Into the bathroom, the safest room in our apartment. All the other rooms have windows and exterior walls. To be killed … More Things to do, ways to help
an update from Israel 22.7.06 by Forest Rain, Lionheart Today I decided to go down to the clinic to do some computer work rather than using my laptop at home. The desk I have my laptop on when connected to the internet at home is a bit too high for comfort so when I need … More BOOOM!